Kingston, St Andrew Parish, Jamaica — Caribbean Region of the Americas (Greater Antilles of the West Indies)
Circa 1820 - October 23, 1865
Paul Bogle was born into slavery in the parish of St. Thomas and gained freedom with the emancipation of slavery in 1838. He acquired substantial property and was a Deacon in the Native Baptist Church, which was formed by George William Gordon, in Stony Gut, St. Thomas.
Bogle fought for land rights, fair wages and better living conditions for the poor as there were no social welfare programmes to benefit former slaves post-emancipation. In 1865, Governor John Eyre refused to see Bogle who led a 45 mile march to Spanish Town from Stony Gut, St. Thomas-in-the-East to petition for improved conditions for the people of the parish. This refusal forced Bogle to lead a protest march of over 300 men to the Morant Bay Court House on October 11, 1865. This erupted in a violent confrontation with authorities in what became known as the Morant Bay Rebellion.
Bogle was captured, tried and convicted under martial law and hanged on October 25, 1865. His rebellion resulted in the adoption of just practices in the courts and made possible improvements in the social
Bogle was conferred with the Order of National Hero in 1969 for his role as defender of the people in the struggle for social justice, better land and economic practices.
A Rotary Club of Kingston 2018 Project
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Sculptor: Basil Watson, OD
Erected 2018 by Rotary Club of Kingston.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Rotary International series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 23, 1865.
Location. 18° 0.161′ N, 76° 47.376′ W. Marker is in Kingston, St Andrew Parish. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oxford Road and Knutsford Boulevard, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marcus Mossiah Garvey (here, next to this marker); Norman Washington Manley (a few steps from this marker); Samuel Sharpe (a few steps from this marker); Sir William Alexander Bustamante (a few steps from this marker); George William Gordon (a few steps from this marker); Nanny of the Maroons (within shouting distance of this marker); The Order of National HeroRita Marley (approx. 2.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
Additional keywords. The marker is in Emancipation Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 15, 2022, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.